[Minji’s NFT art people] Kingbit: building NFT artist communities
Kim Minji (Kim): With the COVID-19 pandemic still wreaking havoc, Korea’s NFT artist communities have formed through social media platforms like Clubhouse, Kakao Talk, and Twitter. I first heard of your open chat room on Kakao called Clubhouse NFT Artist this past March. It was then when I realized just how big the community is.
Kim: I noticed the room wasn’t exclusively for artists.
First NFT Art Group of Exhibition of Korea
Kim: From March 23 to April 5, 2021, an artist named Lee Yoon-seong hosted an NFT exhibition at his metaverse gallery Nu Gallery, which is located in a space called Cryptovoxels. Around 70 artists from the community took part. It could be seen as the very first NFT salon in Korea.
An image of “First NFT Art Group of Exhibition of Korea” in 2021. Photo=Lee Yoon-seong
Kim: Of all the metaverse spaces, why Cryptovoxels?
Image from “First NFT Art Group of Exhibition of Korea” in 2021. Photo=Lee Yoon-seong (provided by Namseo Ain)
Kim: In April you organized the “Korean NFT Exhibit” in a VR-based metaverse gallery.
A poster for the metaverse “Korean NFT Exhibition”
Korea’s first real-world community-based NFT exhibit
Kim: In May you organized NFTs exhibits in Seoul at KOTE, a space in Insadong, and the Villa Hamilton in Itaewon.
A poster for the “NFT Villa” exhibit
Kim: As a founder and builder of South Korea’s NFT art community, what is a memory that stands out to you?
Kingbit(Twitter Profile Image)
Kim: How have NFTs changed the game for creators and artists?
Kim: Any message you wish to convey to the NFT artists out there?
written by Minji Kim, translated by Felix Im.